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tonight, breaking news. the verdict just in. the decorated navy s.e.a.l. accused of murdering a wounded prisoner in iraq. the stunning moment when another s.e.a.l. team member. as breaking, the explosion in an american neighbor. firefighters looking for possible victims. the man calling 911, saying he's trapped under the debris. the nail-biter world cup victory. team usa beating england, their star player on the sidelines, hurt. so, will she be there for the finals? a scathing new government report about life inside those migrant detention centers. men kept for a week in standing room only cells. one manager calling the scene a ticking time bomb. what homeland security is now
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saying. growing backlash over president trump's fourth of july plans. tanks and fighter jets headed to the national mall. the president accused of turning the holiday into a political rally. the mystery over the sudden death of angels pitcher tyler skaggs, found dead in his hotel room in the prime of his career. what authorities and the team revealed today. and the shark scare off the coast. a mother and her children in the water with no idea what's lurking just a few feet away. good evening. and it's great to have you with us on this busy tuesday night. i'm cecilia vega, in for david. and we begin with that bomb shell verdict in the trial of a former navy s.e.a.l. special operations chief edward gallagher found not guilty. he was convicted of a single crime, taking a photo with a body of a dead captive. gallagher was deployed to iraq
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in 2017 when the incident took place. his own platoon turning him in. but then, that stunning turn during the trial. a prosecution witness testifying that he, not gallagher, actually killed the captive. abc's clayton sandell starts us off. >> reporter: edward gallagher's attorneys celebrating on the steps of the courthouse tonight, after a military jury found the decorated navy s.e.a.l. not guilty of premeditated murder. >> huge victory. huge weight off the gallaghers. huge victory for justice. >> reporter: the 19-year combat veteran was accused of war crimes during a 2017 tour in iraq, including murdering this teenage isis prisoner, seen wounded in this iraqi tv video. fellow s.e.a.l. corey scott, granted immunity, testified that he saw gallagher, a medic, stab that teen in the neck. but in a shocking twist, scott testified that he, not gallagher, killed the betweteeny
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plugging his airway to prevent him from being tortured by iraqi forces, saying, "i knew he was going to die anyway." gallagher's defense team argued during the two-week trial that the case was built on false accusations from disgruntled sailors. >> this is not a murder, this is a mutiny. this is a group of young disgruntled sailors that didn't like being told that they were cowards. and so they decided to conspire to take down the chief. >> and clayton sandell joins us now live. clayton, we know that edward gallagher was convicted of that one charge, posing for a picture of a captive's dead body. so, could he still face prison time? >> reporter: that's right, cecilia. prosecutors showed those pictures during the trial. defense attorneys argue that the sentence for that crime would be less than the time he's already served, so they believe gallagher will be going home tonight. cecilia? >> clayton, thank you. to our other top story tonight, that massive explosion rocking an entire neighborhood in north carolina. the stunning image from above. a hole where a home used to be. first responders combing through th one man trapped underneath, using his cell phone to call for
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help. he was rescued, along with at least two other people. but the urgent search for other victims goes on. here's abc's steve osunsami. >> it is just jaw-dropping to see this scene. >> reporter: families across this neighborhood in an expensive suburb of charlotte say it felt like an earthquake. >> the house exploded and is now on fire. also reporting insulation in the trees. unknown if anyone's inside. >> reporter: from the sky, you could see the desperate search for survivors. firefighters trying to saw through large piles of wood. >> a natural gas sort of issue or if it was something else, but it is still burning. >> reporter: this is what's left of this large home in valentine. for reasons that aren't clear at this hour, it exploded. >> we do have contact with one trapped on the phone right now. we're trying to find rorr: m w was inside the home was buried under all of this. he had a phone nearby, was able to call 911 and lead firefighters de sp t were thone
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talking to him at the time and did provide their location, which assisted greatly in locating and removing the patient. >> reporter: authorities continue to search for at least one other possible victim tonight. the blast also tore into this home next door. two neighbors were treated by medics at the scene. this is difficult weather for the firefighters to work in, with temperatures in the 90s. more than 80 firefighters were called in to help. cecilia? >> okay, steve, thank you. and from france tonight, that nail-biter victory for team usa. the women celebrating a close game against england in the world cup semifinal. they now head to the finals. but today's win happened would their star player. so, will she be there for the clincher? abc's adrienne bankert is outside the stadium. >> that wast.r: tonight, victor. team usa now charging straight for that world cup time after a 2-1 win over england. tens of thousands of americans cheering in the stands here in
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lyon. the epic match-up getting off to a stunning start with star megan rapinoe on the sidelines. no warm-up with the team. it sparked worry about a possible injury. at game time, christen press takes her place, not missing a beat. >> right side, cross -- done! goal! >> reporter: even a goal from england's powerhouse ellen white couldn't stop usa momentum for long. >> drives it for white -- goal! england has tied it. >> reporter: then there was alex morgan with this move on her 30th birthday. >> morgan -- sending it in there -- header, goal! >> reporter: at home, fans glued to their screens from brooklyn to chicago to los angeles. >> goal! >> reporter: and just when england thought it tied the game, this call from the ref -- offsides. no goal. >> reporter: shot -- saved! >> reporter: true american grit captured in this moment. usa goalkeeper alyssa nard diving to block this penalty
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kick. >> to see them win and go to the world cup final -- woo, i'm so energized. >> it was quite a game and adrienne bankert was right there for it all. all eyes on megan rapinoe. is she expected to play on sunday? >> reporter: yes, she is. the team confirms it was a minor strain in her hamstring, but she will be on the field on sunday for the final. and again, even in her absence, you can tell from tonight's performance, team usa has quite the rich roster. cecilia? >> they sure do. okay, adrienne, thank you. back here at home now, a new report is fueling fresh outrage about conditions inside those migrant detention centers. the department of homeland security's own inspector general found femmelies held in overcrowded rooms in one texas center in standing room only for men at another. one facility manager calling the situation there a ticking time bomb. abc's will carr reporting again from the border tonight.
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>> reporter: tonight, new images from inside jam-packed migrant holding centers, showing what the government calls dangerous overcrowding. one facility manager says the situation is so dire, it's a ticking time bomb. the images, part of a homeland security inspector general report released just today. they found some dealts wedged into standing room only cells for up to a week. others held for a month in these conditions. can you see their hands pressed against the windows. they saw children with no access to showers and limited clothing. in response, dhs says "it treats those in custody with the utmost dignity and respect," adding "the current migration flow and the resulting humanitarian crisis are rapidly overwhelming the ability of the federal government to respond." today, hundreds took to the streets in cities across the country, calling for the centers to close. from austin -- >> don't be silent. >> reporter: -- to miami. >> close the camps now! >> reporter: and here, next to
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the border in san diego. >> no human being will ever be illegal. >> reporter: representative joaquin castro snuck in a cell phone and captured this video. showing women wrapped in blue sleeping bags on the ground. the representatives spoke with some of the women against border patrol orders. >> they were separated from their children. they've been there over 50 days. >> these women were being told by cbp officers to drink out of the toilet. this is cbp on their behavior. >> and will carr joins us now live from the u.s./mexico border. will, this new report has caught the attention of congress. democrats are calling for immigration officials to testify? >> reporter: that's right, cecilia. they're moving fast. they are planning on a hearing next week, where they'll have some tough questions about the conditions we're seeing inside of those centers. they are also planning on
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looking at that secret facebook group that's been linked to border to tropatrol. cecilia? >> will, thank you. now, to a major development late today involving the 2020 census. the department of justice confirming the survey will be printed without that controversial question about u.s. citizenship. just yesterday, president trump said he was looking into delaying the census so his administration could include the citizenship question. no world on the reason for this sudden reversal. we'll turn now to that growing backlash over president trump's fourth of july plans. a pa raid, a concert and a show of military force taking place in the nation's capital. these tanks are on their way from ft. stewart, georgia, by rail. the president says it's to honor the military, but there are questions about just how much it will cost and whether his speech from the lincoln memorial will turn the holiday into a partisan event. here's abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha
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raddatz. >> reporter: at the lincoln >> reporter: at the lincoln memorial today, workers hanging bunting and setting up the presidential podium for president trump's unusual fourth of july address to the nation. >> it's going to be about this country and it is a salute to america. >> reporter: a salute with where the military will play a big part. the president has been fixated on a grand military display since he saw the bastille day celebration in france. thursday's event on the national mall will include military units and flyovers by air force one and the blue angels. >> the best fighter jets in the world and other planes, too, and we're going to have some tanks stationed outside. >> reporter: those tanks spotted today in washington, to the dismay of the city council, which tweeted "tanks but no tanks." h n worry all the military haw
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traditions of this city and region. >> reporter: the administration won't say how much this will cost. the white house insists the extravaganza is about patriotism, not politics. and it is open to the public, although some v.i.p. tickets have been given to the republican national committee to hand out. so far, nothing for democrats. >> okay, martha raddatz joins us from washington. and the president tweeting today that the pentagon and top military leaders are thrilled to be doing this. is that what you're hearing from your sources? >> reporter: well, cecilia, this is a time when there are concerns about the military being politicized and some have i talked to say there is a whiff of politics in this. the head of iraq and afghanistan veterans of america saying this has the potential to divide and polarize and is the very opposite of what this holiday should exemplify. cecilia? >> martha, thank you. overseas now, russia's defense ministry is reporting a
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deadly fire on board a secret russian submarine. 14 crew members killed, including seven decorated captains. the fire taking place on one of the navy's nuclear powered deep sea subs in the pacific. the submarine has been towed back to a russian port. and back here now, where nike is facing a major backlash after canceling the release of a new sneaker that featured the so-called betsy ross flag over its perceived link to an era of slavery. here's abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: tonight, nike yanking this betsy ross flag shoe, following public criticism and a direct appeal from colin kaepernick. the sneakers were supposed to launch monday but kaepernick, one of the brand's most recognizable and controversial faces intervened, reportedly telling execs the design, featuring the thirteen stars and stripes version of the american flag, was considered offensive to some "because of its connection to an era of slavery." conservatives immediately taking
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on nike and kaepernick. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell critical of the decision. >> if we're in a political environment where the flag has become controversial to americans, i think we got a problem. >> reporter: and arizona governor dough ducey tweeting he's pulling roughly $2 million worth of financial incentives that were meant nor nike's new manufacturing plant there. and cecilia, in a statement, nike tells abc news it made the decision to halt distribution of its fourth of july shoes based on concerns that it could unintentionally offend or detraekt from the nation's patriotic holiday. cecilia? >> gio, thank you. now, to new developments in the death of angels pitcher tyler skaggs. authorities now ruling out paying tribute today, some leaving flowers outside the stadium there in anaheim. the angels and the rangers taking the field tonight.
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abc's marcus moore is there. >> reporter: tonight, the texas rangers say they will hold a moment of silence before tonight's game against the los angeles angels, in honor of pitcher tyler skaggs. >> these guys will be there fighting for each other with tyler weighing heavy on their hearts tonight. >>. >> reporter: the seemingly healthy 27-year-old, who wore number 45, seen here pitching against the a's over the weekend. skaggs, who was psupposed to pitch in thursday's fourth of july game, was found dead inside this team hotel. his death still a mystery. police telling abc news an autopsy has been completed. and so far there's no evidence to suggest foul play or suicide. just outside the hotel where he died flowers and a cap in his memory. and a growing memorial outside the angels home stadium. teammates, family, and fans stunned. >> today's one of the hardest days, and i know it gets easier but it's difficult. >> reporter: skaggs leaves
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behind his wife carli, who he married just seven months agoech. and cecilia, authorities say it could take up to 90 days to get the results of that autopsy, until then, it's a mystery how this young man died in the prime of his career. cecilia? >> marcus, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. the shark scare off the florida coast. the family in the water. they have no idea what's lurking just a few feet away. and news tonight about an airline mixup. the child traveling alone overseas. the parents claiming the airline put him on the wrong connecting flight. and the total eclipse turning the skies dark. thousands of americans flocking hopes you drive safely. but allstate actually helps you drive safely... with drivewise. it lets you know when you go too fast... ...and brake too hard. with feedback to help you drive safer. giving you the power to actually lower your cost. unfortunately, it can't do anything about that.
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the father flying a drone, spotted it, he immediately yelled for his wife and three children to get back to the beach. you will hear from the father on tonight's "nightline" and tomorrow on "gma." next, the deadly fireworks accident in toledo. police say a man was killed by leichting large fireworks in his front yard with neighborhood children there watching. he accidentally set off a mortar facing in the wrong direction and was struck in the chest. and from the earth to the moon. nasa clearing a major hurdle with a successful launch of its orion capsule today. safely splashing down in the atlantic. orion is designed to take astronauts back to the moon by 2024. when we come back, the rare event in the sky, visible only from two countries and an uninhabited island.
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finally tonight, a stunning show in the sky that only a small part of the world could see, including our rob marciano. >> reporter: this is the moment day became night in south america. there it is. we have totality. the moon passing perfectly between the earth and the sun. a bulls eye. blocking out all but the glowing edge of the sun's corona. the hills and valley around us going dark. it's gotten so dark, you can see stars and it's cold, temperatures have dropped a good ten degrees in the last 20 minutes. the moon's shadow sweeping along a nearly 7,000-mile path. across the pacific, hitting the
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coast of chile at 4:38 p.m. nightfall for two and a half minutes. you heard the birds. the birds are confused. it's the fist orst one since th coast to coast u.s. eclipse of 2017. and many americans traveled here to see another. >> totality is very spiritual for a lot of people. and once you see one, you want to see the next one. >> reporter: why the allure? >> it's a multisensory experience unlike anything else nature has to offer. >> reporter: the next total solar eclipse in the u.s., april 2024. cecilia? >> okay, thank you, rob. thank you for watching. i'm cecilia vega here in new york. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. have a great evening.
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news to build a better bay area. from abc7. >> take a look at what's going on in san francisco. it's terrible. we may interseed. >> trump takes aim at blight and homelessness in san francisco and other cities calling the situation disgraceful and sad. good afternoon. i'm chris b zie. >> and i'm zeon san francisco officials aren't having it accusing the president of being uninformed. making things up while saying they will welcome any help they can get. >> live from downtown san francisco with popular on the reaction. leanne? >> well politicians in california just waking up to this. eric garsetti the mayor of los angeles calling it a political cheap shot. the governor of california said, "i don't know that he knows what it means." in the meantime the mayor of san
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francisco didn't even bother. >> reporter: president trump caught everyone's attention when he said blipolice officers that interact with homeless are getting sick. we went to the source and they denied the claim. >> they are not only not getting sick but preventing illnesses on the work they are doing. >> reporter: illnesses have worried the police department enough that last friday the chief introduced a uvc light machine that will be used at the substation next to skid row it. will decontaminate highly touched surfaces where bacteria live. and another machine will use ultraviolet light to disinfect shoes as officers enter the building. >> take a look what t's going o with san francisco. it is terrible. we may intercede and do something to get that whole thing cleaned up. >> reporter: through a